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How To Create the Experiences Your Customers Expect and Want

Piedmont Healthcare Logo with margin

In our new Ask the Expert column by Jared Johnson, Matt Gove, chief consumer officer at Piedmont Healthcare and eHealthcare Strategy and Trends editorial advisory board member, shares his perspectives on how healthcare marketing teams can create the experiences consumers expect. Here’s an excerpt: eHST: In general, where should healthcare marketers be focused today, and Read More

What Goes Into a Well-Designed Healthcare Site?

eHealthcare Leadership Awards

The call for entries for the 2019 eHealthcare Leadership Awards is officially open! Every year around this time, we pick one of our award categories and look back at the prior year’s winners to see what the judges thought they did right — and what they could do even better. In our new story, we Read More

Personalization Leads To Richer Donor Experiences

Jane Weber Brubaker

If you read any of the 2019 trends articles at the beginning of the year, chances are personalization was one of the “hot trends to watch.” But what exactly does personalization look like in a healthcare organization? If you ask 10 people, you’re likely to get 10 different answers. One thing is certain: It’s more Read More

Building the Children’s Hospital of the Future

Medical University of South Carolina - MUSC Children's Health

How do you build the children’s hospital of the future? Start by asking family members, patients, clinicians, and other healthcare providers what they want. That is exactly what MUSC Health did when designing MUSC’s new Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital set to open in October 2019. More than 20 different committees comprising hospital staff, physicians, nurses, Read More

Survey: Healthcare Mobile Traffic Now Exceeding Desktop Traffic

Michael Schneider, executive vice president and co-founder, Greystone.Net

“Digital marketing in healthcare is in the midst of an evolution, with some revealing trends, including a mixed view of customer relationship management (CRM) and emerging technologies, according to the 4th Annual State of Digital Marketing for Hospitals report,” writes Jared Johnson, eHST board member and host of the Healthcare Rap podcast. The report, administered Read More

Technology’s Impact on Patient Care and Delivery of Services

Matthew Holt

Technology is drastically changing how we live. This is particularly evident in healthcare, where technology like wearable devices such as Apple Watch give users updates on their health in real time. That same technology is opening up new avenues for healthcare organizations to connect with chronically ill patients. The Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Read More

The Key to Providing a Good Chatbot Experience

Brian Gresh, president of Loyal

Chatbots — a computer program or artificial intelligence (AI) that has text or voice conversations — are redefining customer service, especially in healthcare. A 2017 Juniper Research study found that healthcare providers that use chatbots can expect average time savings of just over four minutes per inquiry, with average cost savings in the range of Read More

SEO Management Tips from Bozeman Health

Joshua Francis, webmaster and digital strategy at Bozeman Health

Bozeman Health is a rural health system serving southwest Montana, with two hospitals, 20 clinics, and 150 providers. “Montana is an interesting puzzle when it comes to healthcare because we are about 90 percent of the size of California with about a million people,” says Joshua Francis, Bozeman Health’s webmaster and digital strategist. (California’s population Read More

Duke Health’s Ongoing Consumer Website Revitalization

Debbe Geiger, director of content strategy, Duke Health, with Chad Roberts, UX designer, Duke Health

It’s been more than five years since Duke Health relaunched its consumer website (, but the redesign process is far from over. “We planned for our website to evolve into an engaging user experience as we learned more about our audience, who they are, and why they’re coming to our site,” says Debbe Geiger, director Read More

Emerging Ethical Challenges for Healthcare Marketers

Clockwise from top left, Danny Fell, Karen Corrigan, David Feinberg, Greg Green

Daniel Fell, president and CEO of ndp, recently moderated the panel presentation Blurred Lines: Marketing and Ethics in the Brave New World held at the 2018 Healthcare Internet Conference (HCIC) in Scottsdale, Arizona. Panel members include Karen Corrigan, founder and CEO of Corrigan Consulting; David Feinberg, chief marketing officer at Mount Sinai Health System in Read More

7 Smart Podcasts for Healthcare Marketers

Jane Weber Brubaker

What is it about podcasts that makes the good ones so fun to listen to? Here’s what we think: It’s the same reason you wind up sitting in your parked car, having arrived at your destination, so you can hear the end of a great story on NPR. It’s real. It’s in-depth. It’s not just Read More

Align Your Technology Goals with Customer Demands

Chris Riegger, COO, Modea

Digital experience isn’t just digital anymore. It’s not enough to build a great new website, or launch a mobile app. Your digital initiatives have to connect with and support the entire customer experience. That’s what consumers have grown to expect. It’s not good enough to optimize some parts of the customer journey for the 21st Read More

StartUp Health Takes Aim at “Moonshots”

Steven Krein, CEO and co-founder of StartUp Health

Every year, thousands of investors and healthcare industry leaders descend on San Francisco for the annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference. It’s a huge, four-day event that brings together start-ups, large corporations, providers, and pharmaceutical companies. But down the street, while the J.P. Morgan conference is just getting started, another community of healthcare innovators gathers to Read More

Is there a Place for AI in the Healthcare Consumer Experience?

Julia Stead, vice president of marketing at Invoca

The Innovators, Walter Isaacson’s follow-up to his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, is a history of the development of computers and the internet, and the creative minds behind them. The book closes with a chapter about artificial intelligence (AI) and a discussion of whether it will ever be equal to human intelligence. In the end, Read More

How Location Details Optimize Your Digital Strategy

Katie O’Brien, director of digital strategy, UNC Health Care

Do you include your facility locations as a component of your organization’s digital strategy? If not, you could be sacrificing market share.  With a growing number of Americans turning to their mobile phones to search for healthcare providers in their area, it’s more important than ever that your website content be optimized to allow people Read More

How To Personalize Your Site Without Going Too Far

Melanie Graham

When talking about healthcare provider websites, the word “personalization” will give most people pause. With today’s heightened awareness around patient privacy and HIPAA, how can a healthcare provider effectively personalize a website without going too far? This was a question Main Line Health faced in 2015-2016 when it took on a website redesign project. The Read More

What Healthcare Can Learn from Digital Retail Brands

Dan Greenwald, CEO and chief creative officer of White Rhino

The latest technologies provide consumers with an array of conveniences — from the ability to summon a ride with a click of their phone to ordering fast food online and having it delivered right to their door. As these types of experiences increasingly become the norm, healthcare marketers are being pressed to find new ways Read More

Marketing Automation Can Help Create Personalized Patient Journeys

Rachel Neely, senior healthcare consultant, Evariant

A prospective patient interested in weight loss surgery finds out your organization holds bariatric surgery seminars. He fills out the online form to attend the upcoming session. Now what? If your organization uses a marketing automation (MA) platform, you have an opportunity to create personalized patient journeys. The use of marketing automation is growing steadily. Read More

Ochsner Launches Website with Consumers (and CTAs) in Mind

Amber Welch, director of digital content for Ochsner Health System

We recently spoke with Amber Welch, director of digital content for Ochsner Health System, about Ochsner’s recent efforts in creating its new state-of-the-art website and tracking the results. eHST: How has the consumerization of healthcare impacted Ochsner Health System and how you operate online and through your website? AW: Our online patients expect to find what Read More

A New Tool To Hack-Proof Your Mobile Data

Cybersecurity Expert Ralph Echemendia, The Ethical Hacker. Photo credit: Photographer Andres Hernandez

A few days ago, a headline popped up: “Marriott Hacking Exposes Data of Up To 500 Million Guests.” Not again. First a health insurance company. Then a credit reporting agency. And now a hotel chain. How does this happen? Where is the weak link that allows major corporations — and their customers — to be Read More

Information Architecture: Keeping Your Website User-Friendly

Jillian Penrod, MPH, MSLIS, founder of Infotistas

We all have that miscellaneous drawer somewhere in our houses. While the junk drawer seems like a great way to store small, useful household items, in many cases, it’s an ineffective solution to poor organization and hoarding. The same thing happens with websites. It can be hard to figure out a designated home for a Read More

Digital Trends Affecting Healthcare in 2019

Chris Boyer, director of digital and analytics at University of Minnesota Health and Fairview Health

We asked Chris Boyer, 2018 Healthcare Internet Hall of Fame inductee, director of digital and analytics at University of Minnesota Health and Fairview Health, and host of the touch point podcast to weigh in on digital trends that will affect hospitals and health systems in 2019. Digital transformation is critical for all members of the Read More

Get the Most Out of Data Science Insights for Your Healthcare Marketing

Jared Johnson, manager, digital marketing services at Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Data-driven marketing is the holy grail in today’s environment of accountability. To get there, many organizations are investing in data scientists. Phoenix Children’s Hospital is one of them. In our new article, Jared Johnson shares his experience from Year One of having a data scientist on-board. Until very recently, Johnson was manager of marketing technology and Read More

Hospital Digital Experience Index: Webinar on Demand

Dave Wieneke and Aaron Watkins

Details from the latest study of 15 top-ranked hospitals’ websites — and takeaways you can apply at your organization

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The latest Hospital Digital Experience Index (HDX-15) is out — and it’s chock-full of actionable insights based on detailed benchmarking and analytics.

Get an expert tour of the best digital work happening among leading organizations like Johns Hopkins, Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, and others.

Dave Wieneke, healthcare practice director at Connective DX and lead developer of the HDX-15 methodology, will highlight the emerging trends and best practices observed across these 15 top websites.

Dave will be joined by special guest Aaron Watkins, senior director of internet strategy and digital content marketing at Johns Hopkins Medicine.

You’ll Learn:

  • How to better connect with and serve your community by reflecting and representing diversity on your website
  • Why this may the the year of the phone, and how you can use digital to support it
  • Where most of your website traffic may be coming from
  • How you can respect the patient journey and personalize the digital experience

Join us on January 23 and get insights from top healthcare organizations that will help you enhance the digital experience for your website visitors.

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Keys To Understanding and Improving Consumers’ Healthcare Journeys

Pamela Maas, chief business development and marketing officer at Gundersen Health System

Healthcare marketing today is about much more than getting someone in the door for an appointment. Rising care costs, evolving technology, and new payment structures have changed the way consumers make healthcare decisions and altered how healthcare marketers approach patient loyalty. Healthgrades’ recently published white paper “The Longitudinal Customer Journey” focuses on integration of electronic Read More